Robertson accepted the bout with less than two weeks to prepare – just 24 hours after Aldrich’s original opponent, Ariane Lipski, was forced to withdraw from the March 12th bout with a shoulder injury.
“I’ve been begging for a fight for a while,” Robertson told The AllStar. “I’m just happy I got the call.”
No stranger to stepping in at the last minute, Robertson’s confidence seems unshakeable in the short build-up to the UFC Vegas 50 bout. She believes the time is now for her to make a run at the flyweight championship title. A win on Saturday night, she believes, kickstarts that momentum.
“I feel like [with a win], I deserve someone who’s ranked,” Robertson said. “Physically and mentally I’ve got everything together now… This is my time.”
Robertson’s reason for that belief is due, in part, to the hardships and lessons she’s learned in her six-year tenure as a professional in the sport. She points to the mental pressures of the fight game as one of the biggest hurdles she’s had to face.
“I needed all my losses, I needed all my hardships and everything to grow to the fighter I am today…”
“My biggest issue [was] trying to figure it out mentally 100%… Learning how to perform, essentially.”
Having been in Las Vegas to corner her teammate, Hannah Goldy, at the time she received the fight offer, Robertson decided to take the opportunity to stay in town to prepare. The Ontario native made use of the myriad of training facilities in the fight capital over the last fortnight.
‘I’ve been spread out a little bit,” Robertson says of her training camp. Spending her time between 10th Planet Jiujitsu, Xtreme Couture, and the UFC’s Performance Institute with her head coach Din Thomas, she’s thankful for the support these amenities offer; praising the PI’s focus on recovery in particular.
“As a fighter, we’re probably the worst people for taking care of ourselves – so to have a full team to force us to take care of ourselves is absolutely amazing… we’re lucky to have it.”
Speaking on the fight itself, Robertson believes it’s a classic striker vs grappler matchup; though she admits Aldrich is no slouch in any aspect of the sport.
“I don’t expect it to be an easy fight,” the 26-year-old explained, believing her clearest path to victory is by making the fight ugly.
“I’m trying to make it dirty, so we’re using all my sharp bones on my elbows and my knees… I’m trying to cut her, and I’m trying to make her give me the submission… I’m really gonna have to do some damage before I can get her out of there.”
Gillian “The Savage” Robertson is a 26 year old female fighter from Canada with 10 pro wins and 6 losses. Robertson is scheduled to fight JJ Aldrich at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev on Saturday March 12, 2022.
Gillian Robertson’s recent form coming into this matchup
Gillian Robertson has gone 3-2 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Win vs Priscila Cachoeira • Submission R1 4:59 • 2021-12-11
- Loss vs Miranda Maverick • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-03-27
- Loss vs Taila Santos • Decision R3 5:00 • 2020-12-19
- Win vs Poliana Botelho • Decision R3 5:00 • 2020-10-17
- Win vs Cortney Casey • Submission R3 4:32 • 2020-06-20
Gillian Robertson’s next opponent: JJ Aldrich
JJ Aldrich’s recent form coming into this matchup
JJ Aldrich is a 29 year old female fighter from United States with 10 pro wins and 4 losses. Aldrich is scheduled to fight Gillian Robertson at UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Ankalaev on Saturday March 12, 2022.
JJ Aldrich has gone 3-2 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.
- Win vs Vanessa Demopoulos • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-08-28
- Win vs Cortney Casey • Decision R3 5:00 • 2021-03-13
- Loss vs Sabina Mazo • Decision R3 5:00 • 2020-01-18
- Win vs Lauren Mueller • Decision R3 5:00 • 2019-10-12
- Loss vs Maycee Barber • KO/TKO R2 3:01 • 2019-03-23
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